Today I told Silkie off. I popped into the garage to get something and noticed a puddle under the front nearside. She'd wet herself.
Looks like I've got to replace the headlight washers.....
Since finding the puddle by the left front wheel I'd read up what little there was regarding the SLK headlamp washers and I've found out that:
- The full instructions to remove the washers involve removing the front bumper
- The part numbers for the nozzles are:
part #170-860-02-47 for the right hand side and
part #170-860-01-47 for the left hand side
- They are around $120 each from the American parts suppliers
- There are none I could find on eBay
- Very few SLKs being broken are fitted with the headlight washer system
So I've sent off tentative requests to the three eBay adverts for breaking SLKs that have the tell-tale headlamp washer covers and had a look at the headlamp washer on Silkie this afternoon.
I'll carry on with this thread when I've more to report but for now, this post covers the removal of the headlamp washer nozzle with a bit of cunning, to see what state it is in. The bumper is still firmly attached to the car.
View of headlamp washer nozzle after removing the headlamp (and the mess on the undertray cover)
Unclipping the retainer and removing the water feed leaves this view of the nozzle
The retainer is shown on the blue cloth next to the screwdriver. It just slides off the connector with finger pressure but can spring away, so be careful removing it.
Here is a view of the connecting hose showing the groove for the retaining clip. Remember that the connecting hose will leak water if it falls to its natural position by the nozzle so tuck it carefully upright near the top of the grille.
(now the sneaky bit...) Unclip the nozzle from its holder and slide the nozzle out towards the rear of the car
et voila! One leaking nozzle. The nozzle is leaking from the flange under my thumb. I'll see if this can be repaired while I wait for costs for the replacements
It's dark now so I will see what I can do next in my workshop. I will either be successful and mend it or I will damage the nozzle further. Either way I am no worse off as I would have had to replace it anyway. There will likely be a spring involved (pulling the nozzle back in to the body) so I will need to be careful.
This post covers the 'investigation' phase of the DIY. When I've had a chance to look at the nozzle - or buy a new one - I'll update the thread. If I can mend it then it'll be a DIY repair. If not, I'll be replacing it and then the thread will become a DIY replacement. If necessary, I'll offer a re-write of the entire thread from a 'discussion' into a 'DIY' when I've got all the steps in a list.
To be continued...